Small Woodlands E-News: October 2014

SW Oregon Woodland E-News – October 2014

Small Woodlands Program on Wildlife.  7 pm, Thursday, November 20, 2014, OSU Extension Auditorium, 569 Hanley Rd, Central Point.  Stay tuned for more details.

Southern Oregon Prescribed Fire Network upcoming programs:

Click on links for more details.  These are great programs exploring the role of fire in forest ecosystems – and our roles as landowners and citizens in how to be proactively involved. 

Allan Campbell to receive award

Many of you have worked with former Extension Service Forester Allan Campbell over the years.  On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Jackson County Commissioners will honor Allan Campbell with the fourth annual Chairman’s Award. The presentation, which is open to the public, will take place during the Commissioners’ meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Jackson County Courthouse Auditorium at 10 South Oakdale in Medford, Oregon. The Chairman’s Award recognizes a local resident whose lifetime achievements have gone above and beyond the responsibilities of good citizenship in making a profound difference in people’s lives in Jackson County.  Allan will be recognized for his achievements both in the forestry/small woodlands realm as well as his service to the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program.  Congratulations Allan!  I will be traveling and unable to attend, but hopefully there will be a good showing from small woodlands.

Save the date: Tax symposium scheduled for January 26, 2014 at Oregon State University, Corvallis

If you’re a woodland owner interested in such topics as income taxes, estate and business planning, conservation easements, property and harvest taxes, and other woodland tax related topics, this is one session you won’t want to miss!   Stay tuned for more details.

 Medford Pilot project monitoring report

Monitoring results from the first year of the Pilot Joe project, the first phase of the Middle Applegate Pilot project designated by the US Secretary of the Interior, are available here.  Results address stand and landscape conditions, fire behavior, economic impacts, learning conversations and more.  This is an in-depth look at the results to date from this project which was designed to demonstrate application of the Franklin and Johnson restoration principles. 

 Mystery of the Scottish argyle barkless fir

Ron Kilby brought this photo in the other day (it’s actually a white pine snag).  He wanted to know what caused the strange cross-hatching pattern.    I didn’t have a clue.  My email query prompted quite a bit of creative speculation, and finally an answer from the Wood Science Department at OSU. 


News articles: Editor’s note: These links are provided with the knowledge that a single newspaper or web story seldom provides the full context or all the details about a particular issue, let alone the “best science.”  My intent is to provide a snapshot of forest-related issues that are currently in the public eye and may be of interest to you, the reader.  I also provide links to analyses that I think are particularly insightful.  Articles are gleaned from various e-newsletters and other sources that cross my desk – and I only read a fraction of these!

Cross-time Photos From Northwest Lookouts Reveal Big Changes (NPR)

The old saying goes, "a picture is worth a thousand words." That was the reaction of a U.S. Forest Service researcher when he rediscovered a trove of landscape panoramas called the Osborne Panoramas

Editor’s note: The 1930s-era Osborne panoramas mentioned in the article above are available for lookouts throughout the Pacific Northwest, including the Rogue-Siskiyou.  Below is one such photo, looking north from Mt. Isabelle near Forest Creek.  You can just make out the Rogue River valley near the town or Rogue River, on mid-upper left.  Check out the tree density…

tree skyscrapers

 Why these stunning wooden skyscrapers could dominate the skylines of the future (ITProPortal)

It’s now 130 years since the first skyscraper was built by American engineer William Le Baron Jenney in Chicago in 1884…

Editor’s note: High-rise wood buildings and other forest products innovations will be the topic of the January 15th small woodlands annual meeting as well as other programs to come! 

The Innovative, Unlikely Idea That Could Save America’s Forests (Take Part)

Warming and drought are contributing to bigger and more frequent wildfires. A new approach—helping trees get the rain and snowfall they need—could be a model to help forests worldwide…

Max Bennett
Forestry/Natural Resources AgentOSU Extension Service, Jackson-Josephine Counties
569 Hanley Road, Central Point, OR 97502
(541) 776-7371


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